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Gartner Forecasts Worldwide IT Spending to Grow 9% in 2021

Announcement posted by Gartner 15 Jul 2021

Technology Spending Enters a New Build Budget Phase

STAMFORD, Conn., July 14, 2021 — Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4.2 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.6% from 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.  

 “Technology spending is entering a new build budget phase,” said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “CIOs are looking for partners who can think past the digital sprints of 2020 and be more intentional in their digital transformation efforts in 2021. This means building technologies and services that don’t yet exist, and further differentiating their organization in an already crowded market.”

As many companies still suffer revenue declines, IT spending is accelerating ahead of revenue expectations. Boards and CEOs are much more willing to invest in technology that has a clear tie to business outcomes, and less so for everything else. For example, the IT services segment is among the top three highest growth areas for 2021 primarily due to a boost in infrastructure-as-a-service spending that supports mission critical workloads and avoids high on-premises costs. The IT services segment is forecast to total $1.2 trillion in 2021, an increase of 9.8% from 2020 (see Table1). 

Table 1. Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

 

2020 Spending

2020 Growth (%)  

2021 Spending

2021 Growth (%)  

2022 Spending

2022 Growth (%)  

Data Center Systems

178,466

2.5

191,648

7.4

201,659

5.2

Enterprise Software

529,028

9.1

598,957

13.2

669,114

11.7

Devices

696,990

-1.5

793,973

13.9

800,172

0.8

IT Services

1,071,281

1.7

1,176,676

9.8

1,277,228

8.5

Communications Services

1,396,287

-1.4

1,444,980

3.5

1,481,878

2.6

Overall IT

3,872,052

0.9

4,206,234

8.6

4,430,051

5.3

Source: Gartner (July 2021)

“Digital transformation can no longer be purchased overnight, and global IT spending projections reflect that,” said Lovelock. “As the world continues to open back up, enterprises will invest in tools that support innovation, anywhere operations and employee productivity and trust.”

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Additional details are also available in the complimentary Gartner webinar “The Gartner IT Spending Forecast, 2Q21 Update: Build Budgets Taking Off.”

Gartner’s IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis of sales by thousands of vendors across the entire range of IT products and services. Gartner uses primary research techniques, complemented by secondary research sources, to build a comprehensive database of market size data on which to base its forecast.

The Gartner quarterly IT spending forecast delivers a unique perspective on IT spending across the hardware, software, IT services and telecommunications segments. These reports help Gartner clients understand market opportunities and challenges. The most recent IT spending forecast research is available to Gartner clients in Gartner Market Databook, 2Q21 Update. This quarterly IT spending forecast page includes links to the latest IT spending reports, webinars, blog posts and press releases.

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